Posts Tagged ‘apps’

New Favorite App

As I continue to refine how I use my iPad in my daily life (both work and non-work) I’m constantly on the look out for new apps that will help me be…well…be more.  More productive, more relaxed, more fun (yeah like that’s gonna happen), more efficient.  You get the idea.

In in this process, I tend to try out lots of apps.  I do mean LOTS.

Nothing will get me to try out a new app quite like a “Free” version.  Love that.  I don’t mind one bit if it’s limited in some way.  LImited feature set?  No problem.  Thirty-day trial.  Bring it on.  However, even a lack of a free version won’t stop me from trying an app if it looks promising.  That is assuming it’s not more than about 3 or 4 bucks.  More that that, and I’ve got to think about it.

Lately my quest has been to find an app that helps me manage meetings better.  Because, here’s the deal.  I go to a lot of meetings.  

Too many if you ask me.  Unfortunately no one does.  So I’m stuck.

So I’m looking for something to help me manage them better.  Basically I want a couple things.  I’d like to be able to take notes on the meeting in a simple and easy way.  I’d like to be able to create action items for follow up either by myself or my staff.  I’d like to be able to notate certain parts of my notes as important.  I’d like to be able to get those action items into my GTD application (OmniFocus), and I’d like to be able to archive the notes for as long as I need them.  

See?  I’m not asking for much.  Really.

The other day I read an article about an app called ActionNotes by a company named Netwalk.  It seemed to offer some intriguing functionality so I thought I’d try it.

Unfortunately, no free version, but at $2.99 it fit within my “try it for the hell of it” comfort zone.  

After two weeks of using it, I can say this…

I’m still using it.

This is the first app that even comes close to being what I want in an app to help me manage my meetings and such.  So, let’s go down the check list.

Ability to take short and simple notes.  Check.

Ability to quickly and easily create action items.  Check.  (actually a really cool feature here)

Ability to highlight areas of notes for emphasis.  Check.

Ability to get the action items into my GTD.  No

Ability to archive the notes.  Check.

4 out of 5 is pretty damn good in my book.

The app works great and while I do have some gripes about it, they are minor.  For instance, I’d love to be able to change the colors of the tabs.  Or, for that fact add more tabs.  (Tabs are how the app organizes things).  But those are minor as you can change the text label on the tabs.  

Once done with a meeting you can email yourself a really nicely formatted HTML email with all your notes and your action items in it.  So that’s a plus.  The only problem is that I still have to manually enter them into my GTD.  Again, on the minor side.

So, for right now, I think I’ve got a really good fit.

Check back in a month and see if I’m still using it.

Social Media fix of the day

Friended – Nice Facebook app for the iPad

This looks really good.  Now I prefer my Facebook interactions on my phone, but for those that would rather work on their iPad, this one looks really good.  It’s got all the features you’d expect and the layout is really nice.

Anyone tried it out?

Great app

Index Card – Capture your ideas and store notes on the iPad

I won’t say this is an app that I can’t live with out…but it’s getting close.  Really close.

This app is a great tool for organizing complex topics, taking notes in outline form, and keeping track of short notes or bits of information.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up my Evernote anytime soon.  But this could become a great compliment to it.  

I used this to take all my notes during CES this year, and really liked how organized things were when I got back.  It was all there, and neatly packaged.  Easy to find things, and a breeze to use.

Apps I can’t live without – River of News

If you’re like me, you’re a news junkie. OK, well, let’s hope you’re not like me for other reasons.

But if you’re a news junkie you probably have an RSS/feed reader that you use to try and tame all the different feeds out there that you either lurk or participate in on a daily basis.

For me, it’s always been Google reader.  It’s great, but not the most visual and not the best for organization.

Enter River of News.

I found this app a while back and it’s rapidly become my app of choice for reading my feeds.  

It’s got a great interface, integrates seamlessly with my Google account and provides some very simple and yet effective organization.

I find that it’s a great place to go back to for longer reads and other articles I might not have time to read in a hurry.

The app is for iPad only (at this point) and sells for $3.99.  If you’re looking for a way to tame your feeds and news threads, I highly recommend this one.

River of News – RSS Google Reader for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Apps I can’t live without – Evernote

Remember Everything | Evernote Corporation

Evernote has repidly become one of those apps I can’t live without.  With great clients for my computer, iPhone and IPad (and lots of other), it lets me keep all my notes and bits of information in on place.

It’s great to take notes for a meeting on my computer, go to the meeting with my iPad and then come back and everything has been synced and is in one place.

Free app, paid extended service.  Highly recommended.

Medical Smartphones [part of HCPLive]: American Board of Family Medicine updates the iPhone Exam Prep app

Medical Smartphones [part of HCPLive]: American Board of Family Medicine updates the iPhone Exam Prep app

Could be really useful for residents.  If anyone has used this, post a note and let me know.

Finding the best PubMed app for the iPhone & iPad: Review of 6 PubMed applications | iMedicalApps

Finding the best PubMed app for the iPhone & iPad: Review of 6 PubMed applications | iMedicalApps

Pretty good list here.